The Cure for Everything!

The Cure for Everything!

Untangling the Twisted Messages About Health, Fitness, and Happiness

Book - 2012
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In The Cure for Everything! health-law expert Timothy Caulfield exposes the special interests that twist good science about health and fitness to sell us services and products that mostly don’t work.

Want great abs? You won’t get them by using the latest Ab-Flex-Spinner-Thingy. Are you trying to lose ten pounds? Diet books are a waste of trees. Do you rely on healthcare practitioners — either mainstream or alternative — to provide the cure for what ails you? Then beware! Both Big Pharma and naturopathy are powerful twisting forces with products and services to sell.

Caulfield doesn’t just talk the talk. He signs up for circuit training with a Hollywood trainer who cultivates the abs of the stars. With his own Food Advisory Team (FAT) made up of specialists in nutrition and diet, he makes a lifestyle change that really works. (Mainly it involves eating less than he is used to eating. Much less.) And when he embarks on a holiday cruise, dreading motion sickness, he takes along both a homeopathic and pharmaceutical remedy—with surprising results. This is a light-hearted book with a serious theme. Caulfield demonstrates that the truth about being healthy is easy to find (but often hard to do).

Publisher: Toronto : Viking, c2012
ISBN: 9780670065233
Branch Call Number: 613 CAU
Characteristics: 280 p. ;,24 cm.


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Mar 22, 2016

Ah. What a relief to read this book and have the myths about fitness, diet etc debunked! Fitness: everyone needs to do resistance training and some cardio, but also everyone needs to recognize that you cannot lose and keep weight off with a fitness regime alone and you cannot sculpt different areas of your body. Diet: Diets don't work; the only thing that works is consuming 1800-2200 calories per day (depending on your gender, age, activity level etc); everyone needs to accept that this is not a lot of food; oh, and make sure 50% of what you put in your mouth is a real fruit or vegetable. Genetics: genetics don't really tell us anything worth knowing or useful, for the vast majority of people (he admits it could be good to know about certain things like whether or not one has the gene for Huntington's). Alternative therapies: He says these don't work, and I understand where he's coming from - he's a scientist and believes in hard facts. I get it. However, I'm still among those who believe in the efficacy of certain alternative therapies, for a variety of reasons - including a belief that we don't know everything and therefore cannot possibly hope to understand why certain things work when they "shouldn't".
Caulfield writes in a relaxed, approachable way and has good common sense to impart. He's done the work for us - reading studies, interviewing experts etc - and distilled his knowledge into this entirely manageable, highly readable book. Highly recommend.

Feb 02, 2015

A must read for anyone wanting to take control of their health. Considering an exercise program, nutritional program, or alternative healthcare provider; then this is the book!

Dec 26, 2014

Great book, contracting all the articles, science, common beliefs on fitness and health, into one volume. Really enjoyed it and read from cover to cover. Well written and researched - a recommended read.

Apr 12, 2013

It started out good, but the second half of the book he rather rambled .. started skimming rather than reading it. The info was good.. nothing new for me as I read so many books on nutrition. But I can see how it would be eye opening if this is the first book you've read.

Feb 03, 2013

Outstanding "Coles Notes" version of current health dogma!

quagga Nov 02, 2012

These are Caulfield's tips for untangling the twisted messages: "be skeptical, be scientific, be self-aware, be patient, and look for the best, most independent information."

Harriet_the_Spy Sep 29, 2012

Takes on three health issues--fitness, diet and genetics--and explains why so much of what you hear in the media is wrong. He explains complex ideas simply and gives good, basic advice on living healthy lives.

mmemouse Jul 31, 2012

U of Alberta author, with a positive review from the NYTBR.

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Feb 22, 2012

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